‘People are like, wow!’ Proposed 30-story high-rise in Bayside would be among Wisconsin’s tallest

BAYSIDE-- A proposed high-rise could be among Milwaukee's tallest, except it's not planned for Milwaukee. A developer has a 30-story idea for Bayside, which would be the first-of-its-kind in Wisconsin -- and village officials want to know what you think.

Milwaukee-based developer Cobalt Partners has released plans for a project they have dubbed "One North." A video highlights space along I-43 near Brown Deer and Port Washington Road that could include office space, multi-family space and a 30-story tower -- which is expected to stand about 300 feet tall. Plans include a common space for shopping and dining, with residents able to enjoy lake views from their balconies.

"I think right now, people are like 'wow,'" said Andy Pederson, village manager.

Andy Pederson, Bayside village manager

Pederson said Bayside officials have been in talks with the developer, hoping to re-energize an area that has seen growing vacancies and stagnant property values.

"It's exciting obviously, when someone is going to come into the community, but is it something the community wants? That is a big question," said Pederson.

This project would not just be a big proposal for Bayside. It would be one of Wisconsin's tallest buildings. Here's a list of other tall structures in southeast Wisconsin:

  • US Bank building (downtown Milwaukee): 601 feet tall
  • Northwestern Mutual Tower (downtown Milwaukee): 550 feet tall
  • 7Seventy7 (downtown Milwaukee): 387 feet tall
  • The Moderne (downtown Milwaukee): 348 feet tall
  • OneNorth (Bayside): 300 feet tall
  • Bay View Terrace (Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood): 275 feet tall
  • Sandberg Hall (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus): 242 feet tall

Proposed "One North" development in Bayside

In the village, the proposed mixed-use development is getting a mixed reaction.

"I mean, I don't see it. It just doesn't fit the area," one resident said.

"Skyline doesn't bother me that much honestly," another resident said.

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Proposed "One North" development in Bayside

Village officials said while the new video is out, they haven't received a formal proposal at this time. They promised there will be plenty of time to review the plans.

The proposed tower would include up to 280 units. The developer said he wants to break ground in late 2019. Village officials said they expect a public hearing in September.

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